The attorneys at Minshew & Ahluwalia LLP provide legal services to spouses contemplating divorce. The divorce process involves many issues including alimony and spousal support. If you are considering a divorce, are already in the divorce process, or if your spouse has filed for divorce, a family law attorney can address the issues of alimony and spousal support, as well as other issues such as child support, child custody, and visitation.

Alimony is the periodic payment of money by one spouse for the support of the financially dependent spouse. A court may award temporary, rehabilitative, or permanent alimony.

After a couple separates, the dependent spouse may receive temporary alimony called Pendente Lite alimony. The purpose of temporary alimony is to maintain the status quo of the parties during the divorce process. A determination of support is generally based on the needs of the spouse requesting support, and the ability of the other party to pay.

After a couple divorces, a court may award permanent or rehabilitative alimony. Permanent alimony lasts for an indefinite period of time, whereas rehabilitative alimony is awarded for a specific period of time until the dependent spouse becomes self-supporting.

When considering an award of alimony, the court will consider a number of factors, such as:
  1. The ability of the dependent spouse to be wholly or partly self-supporting.
  2. The time it will take for the dependent spouse to obtain sufficient education or training to find suitable employment.
  3. The standard of living established by the parties during the marriage.
  4. The duration of the marriage
  5. Each party’s monetary and non-monetary contributions to the well-being of the family
  6. The circumstances that contributed to the parties’ estrangement
  7. Each party’s age.
  8. Each party’s physical and mental condition
  9. The ability of the paying party to meet his/her needs while meeting the needs of the dependent party.
  10. Any agreements between the parties.
  11. The financial resources and needs of each party.
To schedule a consultation to discuss the issue of alimony and spousal support with a divorce lawyer, contact one of our lawyers at (240) 386-8705 or fill out our contact form. The Law Firm of Minshew & Ahluwalia LLP provides legal services to residents in Washington, D.C., and throughout Maryland including Montgomery County, Frederick County, and Prince George's County.